Tomahawk Main Street, Inc., was once again well represented at the 32nd annual Wisconsin Main Street Awards in LaCrosse on Friday, April 21st. Paula Blom, Tomahawk Main Street Treasurer, Board Member, and Nominator, was on hand with Jennifer Turkiewicz, Tomahawk Main Street Director and Nominator, to share in the much-deserved accolades received by two of our downtown businesses and one of our ever-faithful volunteers.
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Steven and Donna Ahlgrim
Best Facade Rehabilitation Under $20,000.00
The Best Facade Rehabilitation Under $20,000 Award is an award that recognizes the best single exterior facade renovation project costing $20,000 or less; the physical design of the facade should enhance the commercial district in appearance or function and encourage further design improvements. This can include storefront renovation, upper floor renovation, or both. As stated in the nomination entry, “When we lost our surplus store, we weren’t sure what was going to happen; what would become of the beloved store? A fantastic new business that revamped the old and created a new, gorgeous, family-like friendly atmosphere in a redesigned world of handcrafted cocktails and craft beers and wines, as well as tasty dishes, from around the world!” As visitors can attest, Steve and Donna nailed it!
Best Storefront Display
Michelle Arnott, the artistic owner of Diamond Rock Glass Studio brought home the Best Storefront Display Award; this award recognizes an outstanding business, vacant space, or other storefront display. The ideal display will promote the business’s offerings, attract attention and be seasonal or changeable in nature. As anyone who comes to town can attest – Michelle’s storybook scenes definitely attract attention! As her nomination reads, “DRGS offers in-studio classes, virtual learning, and take-home kits so you can do this very rewarding and fun hobby anywhere, as well as an assortment of stained glass and supplies! Topped off with ever-changing displays highlighting the owner and students’ creativity, talent and creativity are always noticed, and there is always something new to see! Why, you can even purchase many of the works of art to take home to decorate and create a colorful world!” Hands down, Michelle’s studio is a work of art for all to enjoy!
Volunteer of the Year
The Volunteer of the Year is designed to recognize the individual who contributed the most to the Main Street program throughout the past year, and the final award recipient of the night is no stranger to Tomahawk Main Street. Pat McLain is a true inspiration, volunteering with Tomahawk Main Street since 2012, and she is always willing to lend a helping hand with whatever we ask of her. Decorating, handing out candy, bag stuffing, visiting and welcoming folks at events, Pat does it all, and with a huge smile on her face and friendly attitude of can do! She helped organize many inaugural events and was an initial founder of the basket donors and memorial benches displayed downtown. Her creativity helps set our downtown apart as a beautiful destination to enjoy.